Q&A: Natural Treatment for Emphysema


Q: I live in **** so I can’t see you in person. I have several things going on, including some mild anxiety, but I’m writing about my lungs. I was recently diagnosed with **** from dust, not smoking. I have a **** machine and a ****light but I haven’t figured out how to use them yet. Can you help and can you tell me any other natural treatments?

A:  Your situation is a perfect example of a very, very common misunderstanding about natural, holistic & alternative health. It is also a very dangerous misunderstanding that leaves good,  well-meaning people open to the worst kinds of quackery and fraud. Please let me explain.

Modern, mainstream, scientific medicine is “Allopathy”…meaning it takes specific symptoms and diagnosis and then counteracts them with specific treatments. Just because something is “natural” (like an herb) or non-pharmaceutical (like these gadgets) does NOT mean that it is holistic!

Stinging nettle is an example. If you use it to dry up the runny nose of a pollen allergy (counteract a specific symptom / diagnosis) then even though it is a natural unprocessed herb, it is still being used purely as an allopathic medicine.

On the other hand, holistic and true alternative medicine works from the standpoint of connected systems and overall functioning. A holistic herbalist may suggest stinging nettle too, but they recommend it because of how it makes the whole immune system work more normally or because it can get to some root cause that will help a whole variety of problems at the same time.

So the key in your question is the phrase “several things going on”…not lungs specifically, and certainly not quack machinery.

It would be important to know all of those other things that are going on. That is what we mean by helping the WHOLE person. Mind, body and spirit, yes…but also overall total functioning as well. It isn’t piece by piece, symptom by symptom or diagnosis by diagnosis.

The very best recommendation I can give you is to find a real holistic practitioner and work with them in person, face to face, to find the root cause of all of your different concerns, emotional and physical. You two can work together to improve your total overall functioning and help you to thrive in every possible way…THAT is your solution – not questionable machines that are actually working on an allopathic model even though they want you to think they are “alternative” (and doing it without one shred of evidence they help in any way, alternative, allopathic or otherwise)

My suggestion would be to find a good doctor of traditional Chinese medicine who might be able to suggest a combination of diet, exercise, herbs, maybe accupuncture, maybe moxibustion…a comprehensive program that can help you on a wide-ranging and truly holistic level.

Good luck to you!

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